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The Global Cancer Research Institute – Gilroy

Project Info

Client The Global Cancer Research | Gilroy, CA | June 2016
Project Specs Rooms: 7 | Beds/Chairs: 6 | Patient Visits: 7,800/year

Project Description

“When you are dealing with cancer, you are scared and want to go where you feel safe. Inviting and comfortable environments that are stress-free help patients and their families through this journey.”

~Dr. Lynne Bui, Founder GCRI

The Story:

Gilroy was our 20th project and we were so excited to have it be a local one! Since it was a Bay Area based project, it allowed the opportunity for many of the RTR4C Board Members to volunteer their support … more than on any other project we’ve done! A big shout out to Mario Ballard, Board Secretary, Kelly Sabella, Board President & Lead Designer, Erin Collier, Board Vice President & Project Manager, Courtney Willock, Project Manager, and Celine Marquez, Volunteer.

This project was a labor of love hosted by our Ambassador Board, and chaired by President Alicia Tolbis. They fundraised and gathered volunteers to help us spend a summer weekend indoors painting, stenciling, and transforming the entire space.

Home Depot came to the rescue once again, donating paint and discounting necessary supplies. They even sent volunteers to help for the weekend, making this a true community involved activity! Our newest partner, Rxhibition donated two exquisite art pieces and muralist Shannon Gies donated her time and talent for the fifth time. The waiting room is now a serene oasis and space of inspiration of hope for all of the patients, staff and visitors. In total, 7 rooms have all had big transformations. Thanks to the ongoing support of Cutting Edge Stencils, vibrant colorful stencils adorn the walls and bring some much needed calm and peace to the space. GCRI hosts thousands patients a year, many low income farm workers. Now, each patient can experience the healing benefits of a beautiful, artistic space to support them through their chemothearpy journey. When we called the front desk we were told, “Everyone loves it!”

Scope of Project:
Total Rooms: 7
1 Waiting Room
1 Staff Break Room
3 Patient Exam Rooms
1 Large Infusion room
1 Patient Restroom

Home Depot, Cutting Edge Stencils, Rxhibition

On-Site Volunteers:
40+ Volunteers helped create this amazing transformation

Kelly Sabella